NSO Community Coordinators

New Student Orientation Community Coordinators

Community centers play a vital role in NSO as providers of resources, programming, and support to new students (and their families) as they acclimate to life at Stanford.  Community Coordinators (CCs) assist staff with the planning and execution of each community’s NSO programs while also gaining valuable leadership skills. The specific events for which CCs are responsible vary depending on the community, but all CCs will interact with different Stanford groups in order to deliver these programs, including student volunteers, center and department staff, faculty, and alumni. Undergraduate students who will be enrolled for the 2018-19 academic year are eligible to apply for a CC position.  Early arrival housing and dining will be provided to students with on-campus housing arrangements for the 2018-19 academic year.

NSO Communities & Community Centers/Programs:

**The Community Coordinator application for NSO 2018 will be posted in early March - check back soon!**

Important note: Applications are due Monday, April 16 for all centers/programs exceptQSR, the Transfer Student Program, and the WCC -- NSO student staff selection processes for these 3 centers/programs are handled separately.  Please contact them directly for more information and do not complete the CC application.

About the Position

In the spring and summer, Community Coordinators will work approximately 2-5 hours/week, at the discretion of the center or program, planning for their NSO programs and preparing their summer communication.  CCs must stay in regular contact with NSO staff over the summer to complete logistical arrangements, submit work orders, answer questions, make decisions, and adjust plans as necessary. Typical responsibilities include: 

  • attend a required CC training session with NSO staff (mid/late May)
  • meet with center/program staff to outline NSO programs
  • plan and communicate budget and logistical needs for all events to NSO staff
  • recruit, support, and engage Community Orientation Volunteers (COVs)
  • organize planning meetings/communication with COVs, and program/NSO staff
  • prepare summer communications for new students

In the fall, CCs must return early to campus on Friday, September 14, and should expect to work from that date through the end of NSO on Sunday, September 23. During this time CCs will facilitate meetings to organize programs, implement logistical plans outlined in the spring and summer, assist with other aspects of general NSO preparations, and continue to work with their designated community until all NSO and post-NSO events have concluded. A final report of the CCs' efforts and recommendations for future years is due to NSO staff no later than October 31, 2018.

While each CC's time commitment will vary, significant work is required for all CCs and they may not hold a residence staff/house manager leadership position (e.g., RA, RCC, PHE) in 2018-19 or enroll in or participate in any pre-fall programs (e.g., Sophomore College, Bing Honors College, Arts Intensive, Leadership Intensive, Public Policy, SPOT leader) in September 2018. The requirements and training required for both CC work and all of these other opportunities directly conflict in September, and students who try to manage both have not been successful.

Each center/program determines how it will compensate its CC(s). The stipend will be distributed by Undergraduate Advising and Research upon receipt of each CC's final report. UAR will provide early arrival housing and dining in September (Friday, September 14 – Friday, September 21, 2018), as long as CCs have an on-campus housing assignment in autumn.

*Early Arrival to Campus

CCs must return to campus on Friday, September 14 to move in and be prepared for volunteer responsibilities beginning on Saturday, September 15.

Undergraduate Advising and Research will provide early arrival housing and meals for CCs from September 14 - 20, the period before regular housing and dining contracts begin on September 21.  CCs must have on-campus housing for Autumn Quarter 2018 in order to be granted early arrival into their housing assignment.  If students do not have on-campus housing for autumn quarter, but would still like to participate as CCs, they must make their own arrangements to be housed locally.


For questions about a specific CC position, please contact the center or program with which you would like to work.  For questions about NSO more generally, please contact Anna Stone in Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) at anna.stone@stanford.edu

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